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The Toppings Tally

WaffleFest 2015 is in FULL SWING! The is the 14th year of all-you-can-eat waffles and comedy and we’re so excited everyone is enjoying the festival so much! Our favorite part of the festival is coming up with fun topping combos!

Here’s the list of the toppings we have available:


Peanut butter



Chocolate sauce


Whipped cream





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Bonanza of Inspiration

by Boy, Howdy! director Kaci Beeler

One of the inspirations for our latest mainstage Boy, Howdy! is the 1960s western juggernaut Bonanza. Director Kaci Beeler takes us through her favorite, most inspiring Bonanza episodes!

Boy, Howdy! opens this Saturday (November 7) at 8pm and runs Saturdays in November and December! Click here to get your tickets!

 A Rose for Lotta 

Season 1, Episode 1

Who doesn’t love a pilot episode? Everything about the Cartwrights is delightfully overstated. Plus, two brothers fighting over one sultry woman? Drama-llama. 

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San Francisco 

Season 1, Episode 28 

Ben, Hoss, and Little Joe vacation in San Francisco and end up in a Shanghai fiasco. Love seeing those cowboys using their smarts in the big city!

Watch the episode! 


The Ape 

Season 2, Episode 14

Hoss befriends and helps a large and mentally-challenged man who is misunderstood by everyone else. It’s sweet and sad. And Leonard Nimoy guest stars!!

Watch the episode!


 The Flapjack Contest

Season 6, Episode 15

This episode is one of the few “comedy” episodes – which means it’s very over-the-top with lots of slapstick. I absolutely love this one. I find it so charming to watch Little Joe and Hoss break things and get into small-time trouble.

Watch the episode! 


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Jordan’s Top 5 Teen Party Movies

Teenage Wasteland, our newest student mainstage, runs Saturdays at 6pm October 3 through October 24. Click here for tickets!

by Teenage Wasteland director Jordan T. Maxwell

High school movies are the best.  I love the powder keg you get from compressing a bunch of hormonally charged and emotionally insecure creatures somewhere between children and adults in one location and letting them simmer together for four years, and the intense drama and hilarity that comes out of treating everything like it’s the highest possible stakes (especially when you realize just how silly and small it was in hindsight).  Those “coming of age” stories were a huge inspiration in creating Teenage Wasteland, an improvised epic teen party that takes place in that strange land between high school and college, when the person you thought you were and everything you were so certain was important suddenly has to face an uncertain future of becoming something else entirely.  Here are some of my favorites…

1.  Can’t Hardly Wait

This was really the spark that started it all for our show.  It came out the summer before my own senior year in high school, and I was immediately charmed.  The characters are broadly drawn and the antics are wacky, but there’s real heart and emotional resonance to what they’re going through.  Everybody wanted something, everybody was searching, and everybody found so much more than they were originally looking for.

2.  Dazed and Confused

A glimpse into a bygone era that seemed both cooler and more dangerous when I first saw it.  There were no hazing rituals between middle school and high school for me and my friends, but it was also much more difficult…er, I mean IMPOSSIBLE to get our hands on beer or drugs.  Rebellion seemed so much easier back then, but also like it mattered more.  And all I wanted in the world was to have a night like that, to feel like one of the cool kids, drink a beer, smoke a joint, kiss a girl, get in a fight.  Don’t we all?

3.  The Breakfast Club

I watched a lot of movies as a kid, but this is the first one I remember all the way through.  There’s no party, but when I was creating the show, my mind kept being drawn back to these five kids in detention, and how simple and strong it was telling their story over the course of one day in one location.  I wanted to emulate a lot of that form and structure, and how it treats its characters.  Everyone thought they were just one thing, including themselves.  But that intense focus on character and relationship showed they were so much more (the problematic gender politics of the resolution of Ally Sheedy’s character arc aside.  “Be pretty and not weird so boys will like you!”  Ugh…).

4.  Say Anything 

I WAS Lloyd Dobler in high school.  The weirdo loner with a penchant for trench coats, martial arts, rambling monologues, and Peter Gabriel.  And I had an incarcerated parent, so I related to Diane Court as well.  There’s an overwrought romanticism to them both that only teenagers can get away with.  The “big party” is a relatively small part of the film, but it’s a turning point for both of them and I loved that notion of transition, that you could go into a night like this and become something else or someone else by the end.

5.  10 Things I Hate About You 

Another film where the party is a small part, but the charm of the characters, the playfulness of the tone, and the notion of plots and schemes pushing romance and relationships around is as timeless as…well, Shakespeare!

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